Finally a good Butterscotch Pudding!

by Michelle on July 10, 2009

Why are some good recipes so hard to find? I’ve been looking for a good butterscotch pudding recipe forever. I’ve tried at least 5 recipes and most seemed pretty anemic until I found Aunt Jimmy’s! WOW…what a fabulous pudding! Although you can’t really taste the alcohol, the 2 TBL of scotch whiskey, make the pudding taste so buttery and smooth. DELICIOUS!

I’ve made this recipe twice within seven days. The first time I made it exactly as written and the second time I substituted tapioca for the cornstarch. Personally, I like the tapioca version better. But I grew up with tapioca and almost lived on it while in college!

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Aunt Jimmy’s Butterscotch Pudding
Recipe adapted from Food Network

2 1/4 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup cornstarch or 3 TBL Tapioca
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Scotch
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Topping: Whipped Cream, Sweet Cherry

In a large saucepan, combine the milk and cream and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Immediately remove from the heat and set aside.

Melt the butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the brown sugar, raise the heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring constantly, until caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes. (You’ll smell a characteristic nutty caramel odor when the butter browns, signaling that the mixture is ready.)

Whisking constantly, gradually add the butter/brown sugar mixture to the hot milk/cream mixture. If the mixture isn’t smooth, blend for 20 seconds with a hand blender or pour through a fine sieve.

Put the egg yolks in a medium bowl. Whisk in about 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture. Whisk in the cornstarch and salt until dissolved. Whisk the cornstarch mixture back into the hot milk mixture in the saucepan. Whisk in the Scotch.

While whisking constantly, cook over medium-high heat until thick and just boiling. When the mixture thickens, the whisk will leave trail marks on the bottom of the pot and the mixture will have a few large bubbles boiling up to the top.

Turn off the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract.

Spoon into dessert cups. Chill and top with whipped cream.

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Comments

  • Half Baked July 10, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Looks fantastic! I love a real butterscotch pudding!!!

  • gaaarp July 10, 2009 at 2:26 am

    That looks amazing! I’ve never seen a butterscotch pudding recpie that actually has scotch in it. I can’t wait to try this one!

  • Finsmom July 10, 2009 at 3:26 am

    I really, really, really want a bowl of this right now!

  • Розичка July 10, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Looks amazing! :)

  • Kim July 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    It looks so cute with those mini chocolate chips!! Sounds delicious.

  • ChezUS July 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I love the use of tapioca in this …. great flavor and texture. I have not had butterscotch in a long time, so tempted to make it this weekend!

  • Megan July 11, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Doesn’t Aunt Jimmy belong to Gale Gand?

    I love butterscotch pudding – and I’m wondering if you tried Dorie’s version – it was pretty potent.

  • Michelle July 11, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Megan,

    Yes the recipe is courtesy of Gale Gand and Jimmy Cooperman and is included in the Foodnetwork Collection of Recipes from the show “Sweet Dreams”.

    I’ve not tried Dorie’s recipe yet but the 2 recipes are very similar

  • Manuela July 11, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Oh my, I almost drooled all over my computer!
    I love Butterschotch!

  • Kayte July 11, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Well, scotch, huh? Not sure…may have to give it a small run and see…the one with the cherry on top looks inspiring. BTW, keep forgetting to comment on the lovely lace work and linens you show…very lovely and pretty. I need to do more of that. I certainly have enough of them in storage as both my grannies used to do lacework and doilies and such…I’m always afraid I will stain them if I use them around food. And guys are so unappreciative of that sort of thing. Yours always look so lovely.

  • Nicole August 25, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    This sounds really good! I’ve never made butterscotch pudding from scratch, but I’ve always wanted to give it a try!

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